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Stoudemire talks rehab progress, which was news to Woodson

Mar 28, 2013, 2:42 PM EDT

New York Knicks' Amar'e Stoudemire dunks during their NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland Reuters

Like a lot of players, Amar’e Stoudmire likes being in New York and all the opportunities it presents off the court. Like having a documentary about yourself made, “Amar’e Stoudemire: In the Moment.” Then going on ESPN and some other national outlets to promote said documentary.

And during said interviews, he will inevitably asked about the rehab from a knee surgery, the one that is supposed to have him back right around the start of the playoffs. Here is what Stoudemire said to ESPN, as reported by the New York Post.

“It’s going well,’’ Stoudemire said on ESPN’s SportsCenter. “It’s two weeks in now, so I’ve been able to really recover [and] feel the improvement daily, and I just hope that continues to be the case.”

All of which was news to Knicks coach Mike Woodson. Coaches LOVE it when they learn about their players’ exploits through the media asking them about it.

“He’s been on TV?,’’ Woodson said before the Knicks’ 108-101 victory over the Grizzlies Wednesday night at the Garden. “News to me. I need to tell him to stay off the TV and talk to the coach. I really don’t know. I don’t know what the timetable is on Amar’e. If he’s telling you the rehab is going well, it’s a good sign. How close to playing, I don’t know.’’

You’ve got to love the Knicks.

It doesn’t change the fact Woodson and the Knicks will need Stoudemire and his scoring come the playoffs if they are going to make a serious run. But maybe the two should talk more. Or even just text.

  1. dirtydavis - Mar 28, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    New York Knicks 2013 Champs

  2. dirtydavis - Mar 28, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    A. Stoudemire average 14pts 5rbs 57%FG 23mins a game

    • gmen4life33 - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:40 PM

      I logged in for the first time in months to reply to this.

      Huge Knicks fan for all my 26 years, and so glad to finally have a playoff team to root for. I thank Stat for joining the Knicks when others wouldnt (even though we were the only one to give his knees a max contract) and making us relevant.

      He was doing great in terms of fg% when he came back, and playing hard at times, but what those averages dont show is how horrible he is on defense. Literally anyone can score on him and he doesnt get team defense in terms of rotations and helping. He will have a huge block from behind once in a while, but he just doesnt understand defense, that simple.

      We could def use his offense, but him being out there is a huge liability also. Only time we should use him is when we need an offensive spark and we are running the offense through him. We cant just have him standing around on offense, because we dont gain anything and then “lose” on defense.

      Love Stat the person, and the offensive weapon, but would rather see KMart out there to close games, unless Stat really has it going on in the game and we are feeding him.

      • circuscivics - Mar 28, 2013 at 4:19 PM

        That goes the same for Melo. He can’t defend a chair either. At least Stat provides weak side help, when he rotates and gets a block. Melo? Not so much. Both highly paid players can give more effort on the D end. I wouldn’t single Amare out.

  3. cosanostra71 - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    Stoudemire pretty much gave a canned response. “Yeah it’s going great and it feels better and I hope it continues to improve.” Nothing to see here Coach.

  4. supremekingz - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    We Want ‘Sheed. We Want ‘Sheed

  5. dysraw1 - Mar 28, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    hard to argue your logic G. love STAT. and want to see him back but that D. geez

  6. dysraw1 - Mar 28, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    cantankerous sort though ill bet barring set back he’ll be back

  7. badintent - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    If Shum grows that fro any higher , he can play Amare ‘s position. He has to put the head phones in the back now to do interviews. Fear the FRO.

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